Key Points:

  • The number of available jobs since May 2021 continues to outnumber Americans looking for work.
  • Job openings decreased to 11.3 million in May, down from 11.4 million in April, and the record high 11.9 million in March.
  • The U.S. added 390,000 jobs in May but there were 5.95 million people unemployed.
  • In May, the number of hires was little changed at 6.5 million and the number of separations were little changed at 6.0 million.
  • Within separations, the number of quits were little changed at 4.3 million – still near the record high of 4.4 million – and layoffs and discharges were little changed at 1.4 million.
  • The share of adults working or looking for a job was little changed at 62.3% in May.
  • The Right Facts will continue to monitor unemployment and job openings.